Half a dozen people were killed and 15 others were injured when a UP Roadways bus was hit by a truck on Lucknow-Bahraich highway on the Jarwal road, police said on Wednesday.
The accident took place at about 4:30 am when a speeding truck broadsided a Lucknow depot bus, District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Singh said.
Six people died on the spot and 15 others who were injured were rushed to hospital, where the condition of four was said to be critical.
The bus was going from Lucknow to Rupaidiha, while the truck was on its way from Bahraich to Lucknow, the district magistrate said.
The truck driver managed to flee with the vehicle. Police are searching for the absconding driver with the help of CCTV footage from nearby areas.
As soon as the information about the incident was received, the police reached the spot and admitted all the injured to the hospital, where their treatment is going on. Those killed in the mishap include 27-year-old Ajit Vishwas of Ur village in Bardhaman district of West Bengal, 21-year-old Vipin Shukla of Dokri in Bondi police station area, Mohit Kumar (35) of Visheshwarganj. Efforts are on to identify the other dead.
Among the injured, 32-year-old Durga from Nepal, 25-year-old Kanhaiya Lal from Shravasti, 40-year-old Dhaniram from Nepal, 48-year-old Prem from Nepal and 26-year-old Om Prakash from Bahraich have been referred to district hospital. The others injured included Shiva, Vishal, Shakuntala of Bahraich, Abrar, Chhepali, Ram Prakash, all of Sitapur, Karishma of Kanpur Dehat, Sandeep Kumar of Etawah.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the road accident in Bahraich.
As many as six members of a family, including three children, were killed and three suffered burn injuries on Tuesday night after a fire gutted a building in Firozabad district.
According to police, the deceased Raman Kumar, an electronics and jewellery shop owner, used to live in the building that caught fire along with nine members of his family.
Prima facie the cause of the fire that broke out in the building in Padham town of Jasrana area of Firozabad district is believed to be an electric short-circuit. “Around 18 fire tenders of Agra, Etah, Mainpuri and Firozabad and police personnel of 12 stations were immediately pressed into the service after receiving an intimation of the fire, Ashish Tiwari, Superintendent of Police in Firozabad said. The injured were rushed to hospital and are undergoing treatment.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the loss of lives and directed officials to provide immediate assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of the deceased. According to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), praying for peace to the departed souls, the Chief Minister expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
In another accident reported from Hardoi, a girl along with two brothers were killed and four people were injured when a luxury car went out of control and overturned in a ditch at Mastipur on Shahjahanpur road. They were returning home after a tilak ceremony.
Reports said that Himmat of Pindari village of Sandi along with his brother Patte, nephew Ashok, his daughter Neha, Himanshu, Ramdevi, Dinesh and some others had gone by car to village Behtadheera of Behtagokul on Tuesday evening to offer tilak. While returning home, the car overturned in a ditch near village Mastipur on Hardoi-Shahjahanpur road. There were nine people, including driver Raju, in the car and all were injured. The police rushed the injured to the district hospital where the doctor pronounced Himmat, Patte and Neha dead.
In Sultanpur, a woman was killed and her husband, a regional president of Bharatiya Janata Party, was injured when an unidentified vehicle hit them in Dhanpatganj area, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place on Tuesday when BJP leader Ramjash Yadav (62) and his wife Savitri (60) were waiting for a passenger vehicle and were hit by an unidentified vehicle.